TARGET ARTICLE: Selective Investment Theory: Recasting the Functional Significance of Close Relationships

  title={TARGET ARTICLE: Selective Investment Theory: Recasting the Functional Significance of Close Relationships},
  author={S. L. Brown and R. Brown},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={1 - 29}
  • S. L. Brown, R. Brown
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Materials Science
  • Psychological Inquiry
  • In this article we present an evolutionary theory of altruism-Selective Investment Theory (SIT). The essence of SIT is that human social bonds evolved as overarching, emotion regulating mechanisms designed to promote reliable, high-cost altruism among individuals who depend on one another for survival and reproduction (e.g., offspring, mates, coalition members). We view the social bond as a dynamic memory complex, with cognitive, affective, and neurohormonal features. When activated, this… CONTINUE READING
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